My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the New York Knicks’ 102-92 victory over the 76ers Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: Amar’e Stoudemire gets this award. The 6-foot-11, 245-pounder looked nothing like a guy who has been battling injuries. Dominating the overmatched Sixers, the Knicks reserve power forward/center resembled a guy who a beast during his time with the Phoenix Suns. Stoudemire shot 8-for-10 from the field and made all five of his foul shots in route to finishing with a game-high 21 points. Things were too easy for the 12th-year veteran, who killed the Sixers on powerful dunks and hook shots.
Worst performance: I have to give this to Evan Turner, who was nothing more than a bystander. Turner had just six shot attempts and eight points through three quarters. He finished with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting in addition to a game-worst six turnovers. The Sixers are at their best when the swingman is aggressive. He was anything but Saturday night.
Best defensive performance: Kenyon Martin gets this award. The Knicks power forward finished with two blocked shots. He also had eight rebounds – five defensive – in 26 minutes.
Best performance in a losing effort: This goes to James Anderson, who made his second consecutive start at shooting guard. He made 8 of 13 field goals to finish with 17 points, sharing team-high scoring honors with Spencer Hawes. Anderson also finished with seven rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Worst statistic: This goes to the Sixers scoring just 12 points in the second quarter. They missed nine straight shot attempts from the 7:16 mark to 1:26 of the quarter.
Best statistic: I have to give this to the Knicks shooting 65 percent (13-for-20) in the third quarter.
Worst of the Worst: This has to go the Wells Fargo Center being a home away from home for the Knicks. An overwhelming majority of the 16,278 in attendance were vocal New York fans, who drowned out Philly supporters. They gave the Knicks a huge advantage. Former Sixers president Pat Croce is somewhere shaking his head in disgust.
- Keith Pompey
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